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The Quatermass Experiment (2005)

Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

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Sam Miller

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Richard Fell (adaptation), Nigel Kneale (creator) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Flemyng ... Professor Bernard Quatermass
Adrian Dunbar ... Detective Lomax
Mark Gatiss ... John Paterson
David Tennant ... Doctor Gordon Briscoe
Indira Varma ... Judith Carroon
Andrew Tiernan ... Victor Carroon (as Andy Tiernan)
Adrian Bower ... James Fullalove
Isla Blair ... Blaker
Paul Broughton Paul Broughton ... News Editor
Stephen Boxer ... Colonel
Matthew Flynn ... Charles Greene
Carsten Hayes ... Ludwig Reichenheim
Jane Hill Jane Hill ... Newsreader
Tracy O'Flaherty Tracy O'Flaherty ... Louisa Greene
Greg Sheffield Greg Sheffield ... Boy
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Professor Bernard Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate.

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | BBC Four [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Эксперимент Куотермасса See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The production was a live broadcast to mirror The Quatermass Experiment (1953). Whereas the original series would often overrun, this production, which was given a two hour slot, finished in under one hour and forty minutes. See more »

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Follows Quatermass II (1955) See more »

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A pathetically inadequate film
16 December 2010 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This film must be about cosmology and astro-physics, because it has a black hole at its centre. That black hole is the actor Jason Flemyng, one of the most catastrophically miscast actors I have seen in a long time in a film. Doubtless he is a very fine fellow, and can act very well in certain roles. But unfortunately some lunatic has cast him as Professor Quatermass, the lead character of this story who is meant to be brilliant and charismatic. Flemyng has about as much charisma as a woodlouse. All the people around him, such as David Tennant, give the impression of being far more intelligent than he is. The story thus streams over the event horizon into the black hole that is Jason Flemyng and disappears out of sight, taking with it all possible drama and interest. What a pathetic disaster this is. The production was mounted as a BBC live production, the first in 20 years. That part of it was an interesting challenge, and I would say that the production manager pulled it off. But otherwise, this effort is worse than an embarrassment. They used the original scripts of Nigel Kneale, who created Quatermass. (Maybe slightly out of date by now 57 years later??) So many films and series have been made over the years since 1953 exploiting this material. Some of the actors who have played Quatermass in the past, such as Brian Donlevy and John Mills, were excellent. I think this disastrous failure tells us something about the state of the BBC at the moment, a monstrously mismanaged organisation which itself has become a disgrace and a disaster.


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